The Cedar County Emergency Management Agency is finalizing its Hazard Mitigation Plan draft prior to the plan’s submission to the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and FEMA for review and approval. The plan assesses natural hazards’ risks and vulnerabilities to the county, its municipalities, and school districts. It provides recommendations to increase their hazard resiliency and reduce risk. In doing so, these actions aim to protect property and those who reside within the county.
We will be holding a public meeting to review the draft plan on November 12th, 2020 at 6:30 PM at the Tipton Fire Station. Due to current conditions, this meeting will also be held virtually through Zoom. After the meeting, the draft plan will be available online in PDF format for further viewing and comments. We invite you to take the two weeks following the meeting to review the draft plan, provide any input you may have, or ask any related questions. Please direct all inquiries regarding the plan to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Zoom meeting credentials for the meeting are as follows:
Join via computer:
Join via phone: Dial 312-626-6799. Meeting ID: 824 6005 8786 Passcode: 654760
If you would like to attend the meeting in-person at the Tipton Fire Station, please note that masks will be required.
More information regarding the Cedar County Multi-Jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Plan can be found at: www.tworiversem.com/cedarcountyia.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Cedar County Emergency Management, in conjunction with Cedar County Public Health, has launched an informational webpage regarding the county’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic: www.cedarcountycovid19.org
Jodi Freet, Director of Cedar County Emergency Management said, “We know that the amount of incorrect information regarding COVID-19 being shared through social media and other avenues is very overwhelming to our Cedar County residents. After consulting with our partners at Cedar County Public Health, this website was launched to provide a create a ‘one-stop location’ for local information sharing and guidance throughout the duration of the COVID-19 event.” The website, available at www.cedarcountycovid19.org, provides links to official sources and information about the COVID-19 virus and will also include information received from Cedar County businesses regarding reduced hours, reduced staffing and any other changes in business operations in attempt to stop the community spread of this illness. Businesses, churches, community groups and other organizations serving Cedar County are encouraged to email Freet at email@example.com changes to typical operations so that this information can be shared on the www.cedarcountycovid19.orgwebsite as well. Freet also urged the public to remain calm, and not to panic about COVID-19.
“The most important thing to keep in mind is that residents can make a difference in the community spread of this illness. Practicing good handwashing, covering your cough, and observing social distancing will make a difference,” emphasized Bonnie Butler, interim Director, Cedar County Public Health. “For those without access to the Internet, residents can call the Iowa Department of Public Health Information line at 211 or Cedar County Public Health at 563-886-2226 with questions about this changing situation.”
The official posting location for the Cedar County Emergency Management Commission and the Cedar County Joint 911 Service Board will be as follows: the Emergency Management Agency Administrative Offices (1410 Cedar Street, Tipton, IA); the Cedar County Courthouse (400 Cedar Street, Tipton, IA); or the Cedar County EMA website, ema.cedar-county.org. Agendas for all meetings will be posted at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting start time.
Emergency management is the managerial function charged with creating the framework within which communities reduce vulnerability to hazards and cope with disasters. This is coordinated effort, involving not only local, state, and federal governmental agencies, but also volunteer organizations and private sector businesses. Within an integrated framework, all of these groups work together to assist citizens and their communities to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and eliminate or reduce the effects of natural, man-made, civil, and technological emergencies and disasters.
From natural disasters to acts of terror, we are aware of the all too frequent events that impact our lives, our communities, and even countries halfway around the world. No single agency has the capacity, skills and resources, with which to address these disasters successfully. Disasters demand a combined and coordinated approach, linking the expertise and resources of the emergency management community and local authorities with a variety of other organizations. You can help by being prepared.
To many, responding to disasters and emergencies does not come naturally. Cedar County response efforts have been developed through the use of thorough and informed planning, training, exercises, and unfortunately, experience of responding to past disasters. Emergency management is more than just responding to an event; it is a continuous circle of planning, testing, evaluating and mitigating. Learn more about the Emergency Management Planning Cycle and the events that have occurred in Cedar County.
Training is essential to our mission. Local responders can check this link for information regarding upcoming course descriptions
From river gauges to radar, from traffic cameras to winter weather information, these links are some of the tools we use to help prepare Cedar County.
Cedar County Emergency Management
400 Cedar Street
Tipton, IA 52772
1410 Cedar Street, Tipton, Iowa 52772, United States
08:30 am – 03:30 pm
Or call for an appointment... (563) 886-3355
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Last updated: 10/20/2020